Mystery disease in Cambodia kills 61 children

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PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA (AP) - Health officials in Cambodia are searching for the cause of a disease that has killed more than 60 children.

The Health Ministry and the World Health Organization said in a statement Wednesday that they are investigating the severe respiratory disease which also has neurological symptoms.

They said 61 of the 62 children admitted to hospitals with the illness have died. Most cases have come from southern Cambodia, but with no apparent links between them.

The statement quoted Health Minister Man Bung Heng as saying identification of the cause may take some time. It said neighboring countries have been alerted.

Officials were not available after working hours Wednesday to provide further details.

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